Terrence Malick-Produced 'The Better Angels' Gets U.S. Distribution

The Better Angels Berlin Film Festival - H 2014

The Better Angels Berlin Film Festival - H 2014

Malick's longtime collaborator A.J. Edwards helmed the pic about a young Abraham Lincoln.

Amplify has acquired U.S. rights to black-and-white drama The Better Angels, a film by Terrence Malick's longtime collaborator A.J. Edwards.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: The Better Angels

The film, which examines Abraham Lincoln’s childhood, stars Diane Kruger, Jason Clarke, Brit Marling and Wes Bentley.

Amplify will release the drama to theaters in the fall, followed by a VOD and home video release in early 2015.

Produced by Malick, The Better Angels looks at the formative years of Lincoln's life in the harsh wilderness of Indiana in 1817. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and went on to screen at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

Edwards, making his feature film directorial debut, has worked extensively with Malick throughout the last decade, first as an editor on The New World, then as second-unit director and editor on The Tree of Life, To the Wonder and the upcoming Knight of Cups.

Edwards wrote and directed the film, which was produced by Malick, Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito and Charley Beil.
“From the first frame of The Better Angels, we were struck by the power and originality of A.J.’s vision,” said Amplify’s CEO Logan Mulvey, “and we think audiences will fall in love with the film just as quickly as the whole Amplify team has.”

The deal was orchestrated by Cinetic Media and Alan Sacks & Hayden Goldblatt of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC on behalf of the filmmakers, and Kent Sanderson on behalf of Amplify.